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April 14, 2014
12:26 EDTC, MDT, EW, WBMD, GDP, ENH, AHL, FB, TWTR, NQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after a bigger than expected increase in retail sales, along with better than expected headline profits at Citigroup (C), lent some confidence to buyers at the start of a holiday-shortened week of trading. The retail data, which showed sales notched their largest gain in 1.5 years in March, added to a recent string of better than expected domestic economic reports. However, today's data was followed by an upward move in the major averages, which had not been the case in some recent trading sessions. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales climbed 1.1% in March, beating expectations for an increase of 0.8%. Retail sales excluding autos rose 0.7%, which also beat estimates. Business inventories grew 0.4% in February, versus the consensus forecast for a 0.5% gain. In Europe, the EU's statistics agency said industrial production across the 18 countries that share the euro rose by 0.2% in February from the prior month and by 1.7% from the same month of the prior year. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup advanced more than 4% after the company's first quarter earnings, excluding one-time items and accounting adjustments, of $1.30 per share easily beat the consensus $1.14 per share forecast. CEO Michael Corbat said the company delivered strong results despite a quarter "that was difficult," noting that the bank reduced its deferred tax assets more than any other quarter since the crisis and drove Citi Holdings closer to break even. Prior to today's good news, the bank had been in focus for a number of negative headlines during the quarter, including its disclosure of fraud in its Mexican unit and the Federal Reserve objecting to its capital return plans... Twitter (TWTR) shares rose over 3% after the company disclosed that its co-founders, Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, and its CEO, Richard Costolo, have informed the company that they have no current plans to sell any of their shares as a lockup of the stock approaches on May 5. Social network peer Facebook (FB) also gained more than 1.5% after news reports from Europe said the company is close to obtaining Irish regulatory approval to provide financial services such as electronic payments and exchanges with other members... Aspen Insurance (AHL) remained up 10% near noon despite the company rejecting the takeover offer that its peer in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Endurance Specialty (ENH), made public. Aspen said the "ill-conceived" $47.50 per share buyout offer made by Endurance represents a "strategic mismatch" and carries "significant execution risk." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), which jumped 37% after the company reported strong results for a well it drilled in Louisiana. Also higher was WebMD (WBMD), which advanced 18% after advising it now expects its Q1 revenue to be at the high end of the range the company previously provided and for its adjusted EBITDA to beat the high end of its prior guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Medtronic (MDT), which dropped 2% after its competitor, Edwards Lifesciences (EW), was granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's CoreValve system in the U.S. due to patent infringement. Edwards, which was upgraded at JPMorgan and CRT Capital following the court victory, gained 12%. Also lower again were shares of NQ Mobile (NQ), which slid another 5.8% as its post-earnings weakness continues. Short selling research firm Muddy Waters, which has previously alleged NQ to be a fraud, said the recently reported results indicate that the company's auditor has stepped up its scrutiny of the Chinese company. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 131.17, or 0.82%, to 16,157.92, the Nasdaq was up 40.19, or 1.0%, to 4,039.93, and the S&P 500 was up 15.84, or 0.87%, to 1,831.53.
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September 8, 2014
10:30 EDTTWTRTwitter moves higher on 'buy' button test, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTFBFacebook may soon enter China, DoNews reports
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09:41 EDTCCitigroup CFO sees September trading to be better than August
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09:40 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTCCiti CFO says won't think about potential capital return until 'much later'
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09:29 EDTCCitigroup CFO sees Q3 trading revenue 'in-line' with same quarter of last year
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09:28 EDTCCitigroup sees consumer revenues up 'modestly' this quarter
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09:18 EDTTWTRTwitter confirms test of 'Buy' button for select U.S. users
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09:02 EDTCCitigroup says core Citicorp franchise growing loans, deposits
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09:00 EDTCCitigroup names Peter Charrington as global head of citi Private Bank
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07:24 EDTCBarclays to hold a conference
Global Financial Services Conference to be held in New York on September 8-10.
06:34 EDTFBFacebook's Zuckerberg sees WhatsApp reaching up to 3B users, WSJ reports
Speaking at an event in Mexico City, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says messaging service WhatsApp could reach two to three billion users through a tie-up with Facebook, though WhatsApp will stay an independent service, the Wall Street Journal reports. Facebook agreed to pay $19B for WhatsApp earlier this year. Reference Link
September 7, 2014
14:24 EDTFBFacebook CEO ready to spend billions to spread internet access, Bloomberg says
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September 5, 2014
11:51 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; VALE FB
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09:42 EDTTWTRTwitter management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTCCFTC concerned about banks shifting trading operations overseas, WSJ says
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07:26 EDTCApple strikes transaction fee discount deals, Bank Innovation says
Apple (AAPL) has reached deals with American Express (AXP), JPMorgan (JPM), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), and Bank of America (BAC) to lower card transaction fees for its soon to be launched payments venture, said Bank Innovations, citing an earlier report from Tom Noyes and confirmation by its own sources. Apple has both convinced them to consider its transactions as “card present,” which carries a lower discount rate, and has also managed to bump down the actual “card present” rate by 15 to 25 basis points, according to people with knowledge of the matter, the report noted. Reference Link
07:06 EDTFBFacebook rolls out three-step privacy check up to all users, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTMDTMedtronic Linq device being underappreciated, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes the Street is underestimating the near-term potential of Medtronic's recently released Reveal Linq insertable cardiac monitor. Citi thinks the combination of the U.S. Corevalve rollout and Linq contribution will drive sales to the high end of the company's 3%-5% guidance. The firm raised its price target for shares to $74 from $73 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
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